Celiabetes! Living with Celiac disease and diabetes… Michael DiFiore shares his story.

As if one’s not enough! My mother has Celiac disease. My father has diabetes. Both of these autoimmune diseases in one household seems like enough of a challenge, right? Imagine dealing with both autoimmune diseases yourself! My mom sent me this web article from Medtronic, a diabetic supply company that had recently posted this story in their newsletter. We thought it was important to share. Just goes to show you that you never know what cards you will be dealt in life. The important lesson here is that nothing in life is too big or problematic to handle when you stay positive and stay on track. Michael is a great example of that.

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We originally ran this story in 2011, the first year of News to Infuse, and it was a popular story amongst our readers at that time. Three years later, we have many more readers, so we wanted to share Michael’s story again for our newer readers or those who may have missed it the first time around. Enjoy!

 

Michael DiFiore, who is living with type 1 diabetes and celiac, an autoimmune disease thatnti-jun-article3-img1 affects the digestive system. According to the JDRF, he’s not alone: 1 in 10 people with type 1 diabetes also have celiac. (In the general population, approximately 1 in 100 people have celiac.) Thanks Michael for sharing your story and tips for others managing both conditions.

 

The year was 1989. I was 5. That year George H.W. Bush would become the 41st president, the Berlin wall would fall, the A’s would sweep the Giants in 4, cell phones were the size of bricks, and I would be diagnosed with Diabetes. Needless to say, this was a life altering event of epic proportions. As awful as this felt, in hindsight it wasn’t the worst thing to happen to me. No, the worst was also being diagnosed with Celiac only a year or two later.

 

Even back in those days, Diabetes was easy to diagnose. But Celiac, even today, often goes under the radar. Similar to my diabetes, my parents knew something was wrong with me. I was ravenously hungry and despite eating everything in sight I still looked like I was starving and malnourished.

 

Then the tests started. I felt like I was on the show medical mysteries with everything I had to go through. Other than the massive horse-pill that I had to take because they thought I was lactose intolerant, my favorite had to be the radioactive milkshake – yummy! Eventually a biopsy was done, and thanks to my completely smooth small intestine (which is not the way it is supposed to look), they realized the culprit. Today you can start with a simple blood test.

 

While I had it bad, I can’t even imagine what my parents were going through with first the Diabetes and then the Celiac diagnosis. I can’t even imagine what it was like for my mom to tell me, a seven year old boy, that I could no longer eat Lucky Charms if my blood sugar was low (thank goodness for Fruity Pebbles!). You see, Celiac is an autoimmune disease that affects the digestive system and causes the body to react to gluten, a protein found in all forms of wheat, rye and barley.

 

Today many of us take for granted the ability to go to a local grocery store and find a gluten free section or packaging marked gluten free, or allergy information at the bottom of a label. Back then, none of these conveniences existed. To get any specialized gluten free foods my parents either had to make it or mail-order it from across the country.

 

Of course eating out was another huge challenge in its own right. This reminds me of when we went to McDonald’s and ordered my burgers without a bun and the person working the drive-through asked my mom, “Is this for your dog? We have a woman that comes in and does the same thing for her dogs.” To which my mom responded, “Umm, no. This is for my son who is allergic to bread.”

 

Needless to say, just like with Diabetes, we’ve come a long way since those days. Still, having both Diabetes and Celiac is a total pain. But, if you’re celiabetic (what I like to call myself), here are a few tips from me to you about how to get through it.

 

1) Do right. I don’t think my life has ever been more difficult because I did the right thing. Of course there are those times of temptation – perhaps I didn’t give myself insulin as soon as I should have or I knowingly let some gluten slip into my diet. The effect of not doing right in these situations is not worth the high BG all day or night or side effects of the gluten.

 

2) Own your celiabetes, don’t let it own you. Life isn’t easy. In fact, life can be downright tough, ugly, cruel and unfair. We didn’t ask to have celiabetes, but that doesn’t mean we have to be victims. We are who we are and we have to make the best of what we have been given. Don’t give up.

 

3) Bad things happen, but keep a positive mental attitude, learn from your mistakes, and don’t look back. Enough said.

 

4) Live your life. Follow my lines of advice above and this will be easy. There’s no good reason having celiabetes should hold you back from living your dreams. For me, as much as I would like a cure for both diabetes and celiac (and be able to eat a big bowl of Lucky Charms whenever I wanted to again), I know things are getting better for both – from my insulin pump and CGM for my diabetes to the gluten-free section in grocery stores. I also know that they have both made me a better person, from growing up with responsibility to eating healthier foods.

“Gluten Free” Phone Apps Help Navigate Your Way Through A Gluten Filled World

Most of us are using smart phones these days, right? Schedules, contacts, emails, and so on. But, did you know you can use your smart phone to find gluten free restaurants? Or checking to see if a food product is gluten free by scanning its UPC code? Lisa and I have been using these apps for a while now. Even Giulia is using them on her iPod! These are great tools to quickly get information on a product while standing in the aisle of a grocery store or if you’re in the car and need to find a safe place to stop for something to eat.

Most of these apps are free or have a small price tag, but they are well worth it. They save time and in a lot of cases they save you the effort of having to call the customer service number on the back of a box! These are a few apps that we have been using with much success. Download them and try ‘em out!

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Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 9.02.28 AM“More and more of us have food allergies or specific food preferences and perhaps you just found out that you have Celiac disease. What ingredients should you avoid? Just pick your preferences and ipiit, The Food Ambassador will make the food-part easier. We are constantly refining and adding more preferences. Help us prioritize what preference to add next.”

 

ipiit is one of our favorite apps and the one we use most often. It’s a free app and is simple to set up, creating a very functional app based on your preferences. It’s literally as simple as scanning the UPC and ipiit does the rest. The product listings are extensive and accurate, but in the event a product you scan does not appear on their list you have the option of becoming and “ambassador” by sending photos of the product information directly to ipiit through the app. Their team will then research the product and add it to their inventory. What better way to help our cause by participating in something that will ultimately make all of our lives easier! This is a great app for Giulia (age 10) to use as well because it helps her to understand the importance of reading labels and empowers her to check things on her own. A great tool for anyone who suffers from food related allergies and intolerances!

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Is That Gluten Free? For Groceries

“Is That Gluten Free? This question can be confusing and often overwhelming. But that’s about to change!! We have done the legwork and compiled tons & tons (and more tons) of data to provide you with manufacturer verified gluten free product information at your fingertips!!

Launched in August of 2009, Is That Gluten Free? is designed for those with gluten sensitivities, Celiac Disease or anyone wanting more information on gluten-free products or leading a gluten free lifestyle. Available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Enjoy!”

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Another great app for searching food items that are gluten free. This one is gluten specific, but allows you to search food products by name, categories, and brand including food market name brands. This app takes some getting used to as far as navigating, but it is very extensive and provides specific details such as validation dates and company statements regarding their preparation of gluten free products. They even include company phone numbers and website links at the bottom of each detail page. This app is a bit hefty in price at $7.99, but is well worth it in our opinion.

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Find Me Gluten Free

“Find Me Gluten Free helps you eat gluten-free. View local business ratings and reviews, gluten-free menus, get directions, and call them right from the app. Also, easily view gluten-free menus and allergen lists of chains and fast food restaurants. Find gluten-free pizza, bakeries, fast food, local businesses, and more!”

This is another free app that is really helpful and accurate! This app searches based on your current location, by business name, or by a list of popular chains and identifies restaurants that are gluten free or have gluten free menu items. What makes this app Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 11.28.32 AMawesome is that it acts like a social media site in that the users can rate each restaurant based on their experience. Another great opportunity for the Celiac and gluten intolerant communities to help each other out when trying to find a safe place to grab a meal while on the run, out of town, or just looking for great place to go on date night!

The mapping feature and the in-app calling feature are great add-ons that make the functionality very useful. Users can also read the reviews posted by other users or visit the website of the restaurant without having to use a search engine. The app also allows restaurants to advertise money saving deals and coupons that you can present to your server! Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 11.29.36 AMOne other great feature of this app is the “Dining Card” page. This page gives a very brief, but clear definition of Celiac disease and gluten intolerance and identifies examples of foods that are safe to eat, foods and additives to be cautious about, and foods and additives that you must avoid. It’s a nice tool to show your server to help them understand what your food restrictions are if there is ever a question.

But user beware… you may already realize these apps are not a failsafe method to eating gluten free at a restaurant! While gluten intolerant people may be able to afford an slight exposure, Celiacs should not risk eating at restaurants they are not familiar with or where the risk of cross contamination is high. If there is a remote chance that the restaurant staff may not completely understand what your food restrictions are, then you are putting yourself at risk for exposure. These apps are useful tools to help you navigate a gluten filled world. They should never replace your own intuition if you are unsure. I hate to use the cliché “go with your gut”, but it’s your gut your ultimately protecting, right?

Do you use and app that’s different than what we’ve listed here? Share them with us in the comments section below and let us know how they work for you. We’d love to hear from you!

Gluten Free Digest’s guest appearance on GFree and Happy Show

On Monday, March 24th, Lisa and I were guests on the live podcast “The GFree and Happy Show” hosted by Kathy Nelson. The topic was celiac testing in children and we were asked to join the show to share our story. Thanks again to Kathy for giving us the opportunity to share our experiences with her audience. Hopefully we were able to bring some insight when it comes to dealing with celiac disease in children.

Here’s the show!

How To Keep Your Gluten Free Kids Safe – Gluten Free School Podcast #37

tomlisaciminoRecently we had the honor of being interviewed by our good friend and gluten free advocate Jennifer Fugo-Gresh from Gluten Free School. One of the more frequent questions Jennifer gets from her audience is how to deal with gluten related issues in children. We were very excited to be able to share our experiences with Jennifer and her on-line community at Gluten Free School!

IMG_2693In January of 2012 our oldest daughter Giulia was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 8… the reason why we started this blog. Our goal ever since has been to advocate for celiac awareness. We want to make sure Giulia, and anyone else with gluten related food issues, have the tools to be able to navigate life in a gluten world.

Click Gluten Free School/podcast 37 to listen to the 30 minute podcast. Thanks again to Jennifer for the opportunity to represent the celiac community on her show!

Have You Ever Donated Blood? Will You???

I’m diverting from our typical Celiac / gluten free content to talk about something that… well, frankly is just as important. It’s always out there, but we never pay attention to it until it hits close to home.

We see the commercials on TV asking people to donate blood every day. But how many of us actually pay attention to the cry for help? I had a conversation with Giulia recently after seeing one of these commercials. Her immediate response after seeing the it was “I’m never giving blood… ever!”, clinching her arm as if she had just had a needle in her arm. She’s 10 years old… I would expect her to say that. Fear of the unknown dictates many of the decisions we make in life. I saw a teaching moment here…

We talked about blood type and what type we are. I showed her my blood donor card and talked about how one pint of blood could be used in so many ways. I asked what scared her about it. She said “it will hurt”. Yes… a little in the beginning, but then its fine. I compared it to the several blood tests she’s had related to her Celiac disease,  and how in the beginning her anxiety about it was really high, but now she knows its no big deal. A quick pinch in the beginning and thats it. Giving blood is very similar, it just takes a little longer. Giulia understood, but the concept still wigged her out. Then I explained the fact that donating blood could save a life. Her eyes focused on me… her clinched arm relaxed. I told her she was too young to donate blood right now, but I asked if she would reconsider donating if it was going to help a special person? “What if mommy or daddy needed blood? What if your little sister needed blood? Does that change things a little knowing that you would be helping someone you love?” Changing the perspective a bit seemed to work. The thing is she doesn’t have to make that decision right now. But maybe when the time comes, Giulia will be more inclined to consider the positive impact this could have on someones life.

Here are some quick facts to look at if you’ve ever considered giving blood but were too afraid to:
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If you’re a regular donor… thank you! If you’ve never donated before, why not consider it. You could help save a life, too!  Visit the American Red Cross and the Blood Centers of the Pacific for more information about how you can help. Be a hero…donate!

Gluten Free Emergency Stash… Are You Prepared?

Planning a road trip is easy when you’ll be gone a few days. Clothes, snacks, drinks… the essentials for the ride and the trip. But what if you’re driving an hour to go to work, or a meeting, or just to visit a friend. Do you think about bringing a little something to eat or drink for such a short trip?

Think about that a moment. Think about the roads we drive on every day. Accidents happen, right? Most of the roads we travel on are local thoroughfares with lots of connector roads and places to stop for fuel, food, or a bathroom. But what if you’re traveling on a limited access highway or toll road?

Turnpike pile upI bring this to your attention because an incident happened on a limited access highway yesterday morning just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You may have seen in it on the news… nearly 100 cars and trucks were involved in an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike due to icy road conditions and sun glare. Thankfully no one was killed but there were nearly 30-40 people injured. Traffic was stopped in both directions for quite some time, but the worst part was the East bound side of the highway where the accident occurred was closed for nearly 9 hours. Traffic was backed up for almost 8 miles behind the accidents, unable to move. 9 hours!

Now, those of you that have been following us for a while know that I am a firefighter by trade for 21 years. Lisa and I started advocating for Celiac awareness after our daughter Giulia was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. I was on duty at my firehouse yesterday morning watching this unfold on TV. I’ve seen my fare share of accidents and gridlock where I work as we have to deal with similar roadways with the NJ Turnpike and Route 295 cutting through our response district.

pa+turnpike+pileup+1+closeAs we continued our normal work activities in the firehouse, the news was on in the background. The media thrives on this kind of stuff so it was on every channel. Three hours into this thing, I sat down with a cup of coffee and realized not much has changed. Gridlock. Emergency responders were still working on the scene, transporting the injured, and assessing the carnage. My stomach grumbled. It was 11:30… almost time for lunch. Lunch! Those poor people stuck in that mess are screwed! This won’t be cleaned up for a while! Just then the news reporters on scene started good-samaritans.jpg?w=830talking about good samaritans bringing bottled water, hamburgers, snacks, and pizza down the embankments from overpasses above. People from the area watching this on TV recognized that people might be hungry and thirsty so they started doing what they could to help. Amazing, right?!?

My thought immediately went to my 10 year old daughter. If we were stuck in this mess and weren’t prepared, Giulia wouldn’t be able to eat any of that. Now, most adults would probably be OK for the duration. Give me a couple of bottles of water and I’m good. God knows I could stand to miss a meal! But I can’t imagine Giulia having the same resolve, nor would I want her to!

My point is this: be prepared. Society tends to get complacent about life in general. The fire service calls it the “It won’t happen to me” syndrome. But inevitably that guy they call Murphy shows up and blows that theory right out of the water.  There’s nothing wrong with thinking ahead and being prepared. You never know. Grab a couple of gluten free granola bars, some water bottles… what ever you like. Call it your “Go Bag”. It might come in handy one day.

… and throw a blanket or two in the back. Glass is designed to break in an accident and summer isn’t for a few more months. Stay safe!

Do you have a plan in place for a gluten free food emergency? Leave your ideas in the reply box below. We’d love to hear from you!

Dr. FAQ: Stefano Guandalini on the Rise of Celiac Disease | SCIENCE LIFE

Great article we wanted to share!  Stefano Guandalini, MD, is the founder and medical director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. He has spent the past 40+ years studying the disease, now estimated to affect 1 percent of Americans, and working toward what he believes will be a cure within the next decade. Read his article here:

Dr. FAQ: Stefano Guandalini on the Rise of Celiac Disease | SCIENCE LIFE.

Can Individuals with Celiac Disease Safely Drink Barley-Based “Gluten-Removed” Beers?

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And the controversy continues! Are gluten-removed beers safe? This was a hot topic last year when Omission Beer started advertising their gluten-removed beer as “safe” for consumption by those with Celiac disease and gluten intolerance issues. The jury is still out on that one!

I came across an article that I thought was important to share with you:

“Is Barley-Based “Gluten-Removed” Beer Safe for People with Celiac Disease?” A Special Report by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD of Gluten Free Watchdog with a lot of help from the true experts.

I tried to copy the article in its entirety, but the format wouldn’t work correctly here so I included the link to view the article below. Gluten Free Watchdog did a good job on the article. It gets a little technical towards the end, but it’s written in a way that explains the processes involved in product testing as it relates to gluten identification in beer. While the article clearly states that some of the “experts” provided their opinions on a condition of anonymity, the information provided gives thought evoking testimony that, at the very least, makes the reader reconsider any previous position they may have had on Omission’s advertising.

www.celiacos.com.wp-content.uploads.2010.05.Imagelogo-DAURASo we don’t alienate Omission on the matter, it should be noted that Estrella Damm DAURA and Two Brothers Prairie Path Golden Ale are two other examples of “gluten-removed” beers on the market. All three are being advertised as “crafted to remove gluten.” These beers are brewed with barley but the addition of an enzyme during the brewing process breaks down the gluten molecule. imagesThe enzyme added is a product called Brewers’ Clarex. The additive is used to prevent chill haze, making the beer less cloudy at cold temperatures. But recently the connection between Brewers’ Clarex and breaking down gluten has been discovered. (ref: www.phillymag.com)

So I ask you… what’s your opinion? Do you agree with the “crafted to remove gluten” advertising methods or is it too good to be true? Take a few moments and read this article. It won’t take very long. Educate yourself a bit. Then leave your opinions below… we’d love to hear from you!

Gluten Free Watchdog: Blog – Can Individuals with Celiac Disease Drink Barley-Based “Gluten-Removed” Beers such as Omission? A Gluten Free Watchdog Special Report.

 

Sweet Freedom Bakery Of Philadelphia Opens Store In Collingswood, New Jersey!

IMG_2019In April, we first wrote about Sweet Freedom’s Bakery located at 1424 South Street in Philadelphia, PA. Sweet Freedom has become our “go-to” bakery for all of our gluten free and dairy free treats. Our first visit to the shop was a special treat for Giulia after a doctor’s visit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for her Celiac disease. We were so impressed with their allergy friendly selections, we started making this a regular detour on our way home from CHoP to get Giulia’s favorite chocolate chip cookie sandwich… and a few other treats as well!

IMG_3009Great news for South Jersey’s gluten free and allergy free community! A new Sweet Freedom Bakery has opened up at 577 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey! Located just West of Collings Avenue, Sweet Freedom is within walking distance of all the well known shops and restaurants of downtown Collingswood. Their signature sign is easily seen from the street, but the pink door is what really stands out! Enter the store and it feels like your walking into the Philly store… literally! The decor, the layout, even the placement of the display dishes are a mirror image of their original store! Its a warm, inviting environment that fits perfectly in the small town feel that Collingswood is known for.

IMG_3006The new shop is a fully functional bakery, like the original shop, so their menu is available in both locations and baked fresh daily. We stopped in a few days ago and were lucky enough to try a Pumpkin Pie cupcake, the last one of a test batch they made. It was amazing! Thats what you get when you walk into Sweet Freedom: AMAZING! Some of our favorites are the Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf, the Fauxstess (their take on a Hostess brand cream filled cupcake), and the  Neapolitan.

Having a 10 year old with Celiac disease is sometimes very difficult. Giulia has become quite an advocate for herself when it comes to dealing with her gluten free lifestyle, but sometimes you can see the disappointment in her eyes when she can’t eat what her friends are eating. Having a place like this where baked goods are safe to eat brings the “normal” back in her life. Here’s a quote from Sweet Freedom’s website that says it all:

Philadelphia is a city known for its soft-pretzels, cheese-steaks and all things chock-full of gluten and dairy. For those of us with food allergies and intolerances, or who are mindful of how our diet impacts our health and wellbeing, it can be difficult to nearly impossible to find a tasty treat for our sensitive systems. Not any longer! Sweet Freedom is here to serve as a safe haven to children and adults alike who have been deprived of the simple pleasure of eating a freshly baked goodie.

So when you’re strolling down Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, or in the area of South and Broad in Philadelphia, stop in and visit our friends at Sweet Freedom Bakery. Grab a cup of coffee and a allergy free treat. You will not be disappointed! To learn more about Sweet Freedom Bakery, or to get directions to either one of their locations, you can visit their website directly. Here is a quick video clip of Allison Lubert, owner of Sweet Freedom Bakery, and Jen Kremer, manager the Philladelphia and Collingswood locations, talking about what they have to offer.

Our latest taste test is here – “Tiger Nuts – Seriously Healthy Snack Food”

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Tiger what?!?

Yup, thats the name. And they’re not “nuts” at all, nor are they made from any part of a tiger! Tiger Nuts are tubers and are grown in the ground, much like a potato. But, they’re not potatoes… They’re Tiger Nuts. Confused?

We had never heard of Tiger Nuts before. In fact, we were contacted by Jack, the Chief Nut at Tiger Nuts (that’s his title, I swear!), through our Twitter page and were asked to try his product. We were very excited to check out this new product, especially since it’s new to the United States. So here’s our review!

We received some Tiger Nuts in the mail about two weeks ago, one Premium Organic and one Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts. We didn’t know much about the product so I went to their website for some information. I was shocked at how much information was available on this site! Very impressive amount of information! Specifically, the Health Benefits tab where it says “read more…”. Here’s a quote from their website describing what Tiger Nuts are:

First they are NOT a NUT, in fact they are a tuber.  They have the all natural benefits that come from a food that has grown without pesticides, have a naturally sweet taste, that makes them ideal for diabetics, people who are lactose intolerant and those who have digestive problems. They are also perfect for people who want a healthy food that will seriously do them good while acting as an appetite suppressant at the same time.

Second they grow only in certain parts of the globe where the climate and soil are perfect, and our Tiger Nuts come from the very best soil and growing conditions anywhere in the world and that’s Valencia on the eastern coast of Spain. Just for the record, the other big area where Tiger Nuts are grown and consumed in Nigeria in Africa.

Third are an amazing couple of facts, Tiger Nuts have been a healthy food snack for over “Four Thousand Years” and in fact, the Egyptians made them the world’s first cultivated food.

Now let’s talk about some of the benefits:

  • GLUTEN FREE
  • NON Alergenic
  • They are packed with Fiber – about 33%, now that’s a serious amount.
  • Cholesterol FREE
  • Have nutrients and vitamins up the wazoo, contain creatinine, which gives a huge energy boost, especially after exercise like yoga, pilates etc
  • Have “Zero” trans fat and act as an appetite suppressant, especially unpeeled Tiger Nuts
  • They are great for those who are lactose intolerant, or have digestive issues. They are even helpful in the prevention of colon cancer
  • Have no nut traces – which means they are suitable for people with nut allergies.

hs1-1000x343On to the important part… how do they taste. Well, that depends on who you ask. I just threw a few in my mouth to chew on while writing this piece. Key word here is “chew”. Because thats what you do with these, you chew. Now, thats not a bad thing! But, its somewhat unexpected the first time you eat them.

First, lets clean this up a bit and clarify the difference between the two samples we got. The Premium Organic have a firm outer skin on them and should be soaked in water overnight to soften them up. Now, these are the traditional style Tiger Nuts enjoyed by “seasoned veterans” of chewing. The Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts (pictured) are the leading seller in America. A special machine is used in processing that removes the outer skin, making them ready to eat out of the bag. Still, chewing is a requirement here.

Taste: No real flavor to them until you start to chew. Then you get a woody, nutty flavor that transitions into a sweetness that lingers for the rest of the chew. Funny, this is one of those foods that no matter how much you chew, your brain tells you to keep chewing… kind of like coconut! Giulia didn’t like them. She’s 10. Now, I didn’t expect anything different at first try, but she has a good pallet and if she gave them a chance over time, she might come to enjoy them. Lisa? No good for her either… because she hates to chew. It’s a problem, I know! We laugh about this all the time. Me? I liked them! A little questionable at first, I will admit. But after going back to the bag a few times over the last week, they’ve grown on me. I also had my mom try them. She has Celiac disease as well and is always looking for a safe snack to have. She enjoyed them as well, and described perfectly why. “Because you have to chew!” Are you seeing a pattern here?

Sometimes you just want to chew. Not because you’re hungry, but because your teeth need something to do. This is a great snack for that. A serving size is about 20 Tiger Nuts (14 grams), at 70 calories. Each serving has 3.2 grams of dietary fiber in 8 grams of carbs. 20 of these things in one sitting is probably too much for us amateurs. I was good with 10 or 12… that seemed to be enough.

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End result: Its a split decision. I highly recommend trying them because I think it’s important to try new things. For all of you chewers out there (you know who you are!), I think this is the snack for you. It’s healthy and satisfies hunger pangs without consuming a lot of them. Maybe it’s because our brain is tricked into thinking were eating a 5 course meal with all the chewing going on!

Check them out! they’re a fun company with a niche product that I think a lot of people will enjoy. You can order directly from their website.

Special thanks to Jack, the Chief Nut at Tiger Nuts for allowing us the opportunity to check out his …! (sorry, couldn’t resist)